Pikeville Medical Center is the only hospital in the region, and is among only a select few hospital's in the nation to offer the Brainlab system. With the use of this guided cranial navigation system, Dr. Densler and Dr. Mayer help their patients recover from tumors and other brain related injuries more efficiently.
"The Brainlab is something that allows us to remove tumors that otherwise we would not be able to remove through normal surgical procedures," Dr. Norman Mayer said. "It enables us to treat patients and make this type of surgery for them as comfortable as possible."
The Brainlab system also allows the neurosurgeon to make an accurate and noninvasive assessment of a patient's brain injury and the procedure, before an operation takes place. Once in surgery, the neurosurgeon takes comfort in knowing that he/she is now able, due to Brainlab technology, to perform a less invasive procedure. Before Brainlab more aggressive surgical procedures were used, which at times could cause new neurological problems in patients such as: weakness on the opposite side of the body or difficulty speaking.
According to Dr. Duane Densler, "You can go anywhere in the world, and you won't see anything more modern than this…This is truly, truly top of the line technology." "We can see the tumor in 3D. We can look at vital structures around the tumor and find that small, safe corridor through the door. This system allows us to plan our path, our journey into the brain and sneak the tumor out."
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